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Joe Battista

From ice hockey to Intercollegiate Athletics and Smeal, Joe has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. Battista was influential in the effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. After a 2-year stint as VP of Hockey and Business administration for the Buffalo Sabres, “JoeBa” returned home to start “PRAGMATIC Passion”, LLC Consulting. Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 &’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

Simply Epic
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Simply Epic
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
If you consider yourself a sports fan, regardless of what sports you like or teams and athletes you root for, you have to marvel at the achievements this past weekend for two Penn State teams. I can only describe what the wrestling and men’s ice hockey teams accomplished as epic. Simply epic. [Read More]
Taking Off at Leadership Flight School
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Taking Off at Leadership Flight School
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Bartell & Bartell's Leadership Flight School (LFS) was a terrific experience, with four days of actively learning and challenging the conventional wisdom about leadership. Their core philosophy is based on “servant leadership” and improving the way in which we look at ourselves as leaders and h [Read More]
Take Charge of Your Life
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Take Charge of Your Life
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I was so impressed with Brian Price’s presence and his message to an HVAC class at CPI. He is such a great role model for the young students in the class. But I had no idea what I would learn when I asked if I could interview him for this column. It’s both tragic and heroic. [Read More]
Never Underestimate the Heart of a Champion
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Never Underestimate the Heart of a Champion
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Despite a pick-six, a missed extra point, a fumble, bad penalties, and several dropped catches by two of the best possession receivers in the league, the Patriots prevailed. How? [Read More]
Travel Trouble
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Travel Trouble
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Anyone who travels a lot has most likely experienced The Proverbial Travel Day From HE-Double Hockey Sticks (TPTDFHEDHS). I just had one of those days on a recent business trip to Minneapolis, and despite the inconveniences, I managed to survive without blowing a gasket in the process. [Read More]
Victory, Even in Defeat
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Victory, Even in Defeat
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I ask the staff and the team to look back upon this season with heads held high, celebrating what a terrific journey it has been. Thanks for letting us tag along for the ride. It was a blast. [Read More]
When the 'Experts' Get It Wrong
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When the 'Experts' Get It Wrong
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
As we enter into the new year, it is time for all the experts to make their bold predictions about the future. I researched some of the biggest blunders of all time and look back on where some of the prognosticators went wrong on a few big ones. [Read More]
A Road Trip to Indy
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A Road Trip to Indy
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
The talk started off fairly innocently while we sat in the stands watching the Penn State men’s basketball team defeat Georgia Tech in the Big Ten – ACC challenge game at the Bryce Jordan Center on Nov. 28. My son and his friend started making their case for a road trip to Indianapolis for the B [Read More]
The Games Really Do Count The Games Really Do Count
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I want to emphasize just how impactful the unimaginable success of the 2016 Penn State football team has been on the psyche of a good portion of our town, the student body and the alumni. [Read More]
It's Time to Work Together
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It's Time to Work Together
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Too many of our fellow Americans are getting their daily news from unsubstantiated and divisive posts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Is it any wonder that it seems like there is more misinformation than fact being written? It’s being shoved down our throats by both sides. [Read More]
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